Amber Foundation

Transforming the lives of young homeless people

To fund a Team Leader (key worker) role at each of our 3 centres across the south of England. Team Leaders are what make our approach unique. They work intensively with young people, helping them develop their confidence, health, mental health and the skills that they need to find work and a home.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1051388)

Campaign target

£75,000

Amount raised

£75,000

Donations

86

Championed by The Reed Foundation - UK

  • "I think of my past life and how much I have changed since then and how much I want to keep pushing forward. I have achieved many great things I didn’t think would be possible, let alone an option to me a year and a half ago. Amber has saved my life and have given me a new start."

    — Isaac, former resident

  • "So what was it that actually changed me? Well my team leader for one! He wasn't just a worker, he was my inspiration. He helped me deal with my debts, open a bank account, build family bonds, pushed me to follow my dreams and above all he believed in me, and that's something I've never had."

    — A former resident

  • "Before I cam here I had no home, no job and no hope. The staff have been so supportive and helped me see I have a future and find what I want to do. They have helped me build my confidence and self-esteem. Amber has given me something to live for."

    — Margaret, former resident

Situation

There are 103,000 young people in the UK that are homeless or are on the verge of becoming homeless. And unfortunately the need is getting greater - rough sleeping in England has risen by a staggering 169% between 2010 and 2017. And once homeless it's a downward spiral - it becomes incredibly difficult to get back on your feet, get a job or go to college. The combination of poor qualifications and high support needs often makes it difficult for them to find work or secure training for work.

Solution

At Amber, we offer more than simply a safe place to live. Young people take part in our programme of support, which has been developed to support vulnerable young people to break self-destructive cycles and give them the tools and opportunities they need to transform their lives. The four elements of the programme focus on the root causes and consequences of long term unemployment and homelessness – health and wellbeing, employability, independent living and personal development.